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Ron Katz - The Mystery of the Fatal Firing

Ron Katz was a trial lawyer for over four decades. A Rhodes Scholar, in 2016 he was a Fellow at Stanford University‘s Distinguished Careers Institute. 

Barb and Bernie Silver, a/k/a the Sleuthing Silvers, are a Baby Boomer detective couple who specialize in cases where age is an edge. Imagine Nancy Drew married to one of the Hardy Boys 50 years later. In The Mystery of the Fatal Firing, they go undercover at a large high tech company to investigate the ultimate case of age discrimination: murder.


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